Frank Vogel Rumors
Candace Buckner: Paul George spoke after #Pacers practice today. Of course major point of conversation was his Saturday night comments on playing the 4. Paul George said he spoke with coach Frank Vogel & team prez Larry Bird re: his role. However, clipped the details while speaking w/ media. Paul George on meeting w/ Vogel & Bird: “There was clarification on what we’re (doing) going forward. That’s what it was, just clarification.” I asked Paul George if there needed to be clarification, what did he believe his 4 role was in first place? Paul George: “Not sure. That’s where everything was clarified on. We know where we’re at, within our locker room.” Then I asked if part of that clarification by Vogel or Bird was about him not publicly voicing a complaint… Paul George: “It’s no complaint. I gave my opinion. That’s no complaint. Y’all asked me a question, I gave my opinion and that’s it.”
Candace Buckner: In today’s session, Paul George was brief w/ comments but was most vocal when trying to express that he’s on board w/ everything. Paul George: “I’m going to give my opinion. This is what the media is for. I’m going to give my opinion… I’m not going against my teammates, I’m not going against this organization. I’ve always been a part of this team Day 1… The reason why I chose to stick around and stay in this organization – I’m just giving my opinion.” – Paul George
“I don’t know if this is my position. We’ll sit and watch tape and I’m sure I’ll talk with coach (Frank Vogel). I’ll talk with Larry (Bird) as well to get both their inputs on how the first game went but…I’m still not comfortable with it regardless of the situation. It’s still something I have to adjust to or maybe not. Or maybe it’s something we can go away from.”
“It’s a big change,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said after the first official practice. He intends to run the guys more in this year’s camp as they move to a more uptempo style of play. It’ll obviously some time to teach what they want to do at both ends. Like when you played as a child, Vogel even broke down the simplest things on the first day … such as the steps to defending in transition.
In the midst of discussing the teams’ recent addition, Texas center Myles Turner via the 2015 NBA Draft, Pacers coach Frank Vogel provided an update on the face of the Indiana Pacers, Paul George. “His calf is healed,” Vogel said. “His leg is healed. He’s claiming to be 100 percent. He looks really good, and I’m just saying if you talk to him. If you watch him in half-court workouts right now, the amount that he was favoring (the calf) at the end of the year, which was noticeable and expected, he’s not favoring it right now. He looks really good. He’s in L.A. right now but he’s been back as recently as this past week,” Vogel continued. “He’s looked really good in individual workouts. Obviously, training camp and two-a-days — that’ s a different story. He still has a long way to go. He’s looking really good right now.”
When asked about Hibbert’s reaction to comments made by Bird and Vogel, Hibbert’s agent, David Falk, replied with an e-mail to The Indianapolis Star: “We will respond at the appropriate time.” Falk suggested his client would take his time to choose to opt-in for the final year of his contract. “We will decide that in late June,” Falk wrote in an e-mail. If Hibbert decides to stick with the Pacers, he will get paid more than $15 million for the 2015-16 season. That number provides plenty of reasons to weather any ignominy as a backup center. However, the Pacers have been turning away from Hibbert for a while now.